St Petersburg is Russia’s second-largest city after Moscow, with the Saint Petersburg agglomeration having a population of around 7 million. It is an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. Situated on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea, it was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on 27 May 1703. Saint Petersburg is one of the most modern cities of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. Many foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and businesses have offices in Saint Petersburg. St Petersburg wheelchair access is improving, however travelers with disabilities, especially those in wheelchairs, are likely to encounter some difficulties. Most churches and museums have no wheelchair access, although the Hermitage and the Russian Museum are honorable exceptions.
Attractions and Opportunities
Public transport is also problematic, with no wheelchair access to buses or trams, and no elevator service on the metro. Also, bear in mind that stops are far apart, especially in the suburbs, so if your walking capabilities are limited be sure to check distances in advance.